Digital Shutterbug

Lives in United States AR, United States
Works as a Electronics engineer - retired
Joined on Apr 11, 2004

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Gesture: Remember the days of 20 MB external hard disk drives!
Of course, the programs and files had less code in those days.

20 MB was huge. My first computer that had a hard drive, not my first computer, had a 5 MB drive. I had no idea how to use that much space.

Link | Posted on Jun 23, 2021 at 16:28 UTC

A scam on Kickstarter? Who would have thought it?

Link | Posted on Feb 11, 2021 at 14:28 UTC as 64th comment
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Kaappo: Is available with golden levers and decorated with diamonds?

It is, but it's expensive.

Link | Posted on Jan 5, 2021 at 16:55 UTC

I love articles like this. It always promotes comments about alternatives I might never have looked at otherwise.

Link | Posted on Jan 5, 2021 at 00:42 UTC as 93rd comment | 2 replies
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Magnus3D: It looks nice and all, but i can't say it looks worth the high price tag it comes with. You can probably find a similar tripod for a tenth the price of this one.

I'm not sure I would agree with "a tenth the price", but I would certainly agree if you said half the price. Possibly a third.

Link | Posted on Jan 4, 2021 at 20:35 UTC
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bluevellet: Cool. Not really needed, but i guess it's nice they've bothered to fix some of the issues with the first generation that could not be fixed through firmware updates.

But otherwise, I like my Z6.

I haven't seen anything added to the S models that I would pay $20 more to get. My Z7 is completely adequate for my current needs. While there is room for improvements, the rumored new models do nothing for me.

Link | Posted on Jul 9, 2020 at 23:55 UTC
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Parry Johnson: Someone mentioned a separate dongle for an extra card. Why not add an extra card slot in the vertical grip, and maybe a USB charge port on that grip as well?

There would need to be electrical contacts to support a memory card in the grip. There's likely a physical limit to how many contacts could be built into the grip. Reliability of those contacts for transferring data at high speed could also be a concern. Imagine the disgruntled photographers when they find that their card has no images after a shoot.

Link | Posted on Jul 9, 2020 at 23:35 UTC
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Brotherbill: I’ve only seen the trailer so can’t comment on the overall movie, but It doesn’t appear the director had a good military advisor on staff. Case in point. When the artillery shells explode, maybe one or two guys go down. In reality everyone within at least 50 meters would be blown to bits. Seems like they could have been more accurate with the actual effect of artillery fire. Anyway the cinematography looks nice I guess.

I would guess there is a lot of difference in munitions of today as compared to those used in WWI.

Link | Posted on Jan 22, 2020 at 03:41 UTC
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Digital Shutterbug: Slow day around the office, huh? What garbage, I think. I'm not sure as I couldn't get past the first few lines. Stick to cameras and lenses.

I understand now. If you find no problem with an article, feel free to speak your mind. However, if you feel negatively, you have no right whatsoever to say a word. I've wasted way too much time here already. You guys have fun.

Link | Posted on Oct 29, 2019 at 02:20 UTC
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Digital Shutterbug: Slow day around the office, huh? What garbage, I think. I'm not sure as I couldn't get past the first few lines. Stick to cameras and lenses.

I read enough to realize it was a poor attempt at humor. No need in going further.

Link | Posted on Oct 29, 2019 at 02:01 UTC

Slow day around the office, huh? What garbage, I think. I'm not sure as I couldn't get past the first few lines. Stick to cameras and lenses.

Link | Posted on Oct 29, 2019 at 01:55 UTC as 202nd comment | 10 replies
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photo_rb: So they bring out a new version every year with must have features and bug fixes for $69? An alternative is an Adobe LR and PS subscription for $10/mo.

@sirhawkeye64 That was Thom's conclusion that nothing was compromised by shooting in compressed 14 bit. Even so, I thought I had set the camera to uncompressed. I just spent 9 days in New Mexico and Colorado where I was able to give the Z7 its first real workout. Now I realize everything was shot in compressed format. I surely have no complaints about image quality. My keeper percentage was well above what my previous D750 ever was.

In an attempt to try to stay somewhat on topic here, I had a number of shots with some bluish green flare caused when shooting almost into the sun. I've never had much luck in removing such flare. Luminar 3's erase tool made simple removal a breeze. In most cases, I had to magnify the images to 200% to get a hint of where the flare had been. These were landscape shots of pine and hardwood covered mountains. I don't know if other backgrounds could be recovered as well, but I was impressed.

Link | Posted on Oct 16, 2019 at 14:57 UTC
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coso dp: The only problem of Luminar is speed. It's slow even on SSD with recent hardware. And also I don't really like the latest AI functions, it's clearly engineered towards amateur photographers, to enhance meh pictures and get likes on social networks. I'm not sure if would fit a professional photographer's needs

I don't know if it's the only problem with Luminar 3, but speed is certainly a major drawback. The quickness you gain in some automated modifications is more than given up in such processes as loading and exporting images. Now that I've become comfortable with the use of Luminar 3, I'll have to re-learn the entire process with Luminar 4. I hope this is truly an improved version and not one with changes for the sake of change. We'll see.

Link | Posted on Oct 16, 2019 at 13:37 UTC
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photo_rb: So they bring out a new version every year with must have features and bug fixes for $69? An alternative is an Adobe LR and PS subscription for $10/mo.

sirhawkeye64 I have to apologize. I absolutely knew I was shooting uncompressed. After reading your final comments about this being a documented problem, I decided I had better check my camera. To my surprise it was set for compressed raw. I can only think this happened while I was working my way through Thom Hogan's book and playing with various settings. In any case, I'm embarrassed by this mistake. I certainly thought I was shooting uncompressed. For the few HDR sets I shot on a trip last week, I guess it worked to my advantage.

Link | Posted on Oct 16, 2019 at 12:58 UTC
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photo_rb: So they bring out a new version every year with must have features and bug fixes for $69? An alternative is an Adobe LR and PS subscription for $10/mo.

sirhawkeye64 - I'm not sure what your problem is with Aurora. I generated 4 HDRs using Aurora HDR 2019 last night. Three of those were from sets of 5 Z7 14 bit raw files. One more was from a single Z7 14 bit raw file. No problems whatsoever.

BTW, it doesn't seem to matter if you open the .NEF files directly into Aurora, or open them in Luminar 3 and then use the Aurora plugin. It works either way.

Link | Posted on Oct 16, 2019 at 00:12 UTC
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SmilerGrogan: Apart from the "enhance image" feature in Lightroom, where is Adobe with its artificial intelligence and machine learning?

@entoman: "For a pathetic 10 dollars a month subscription (which you can cancel at any time)"...
That's misleading. Early cancellation causes you to pay 1/2 of the remaining portion of the yearly subscription as a penalty. You better be certain you want it before subscribing.

Link | Posted on Aug 27, 2019 at 23:33 UTC
On article 2019 Guide: Apple iPad Pro for Photographers (259 comments in total)
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electrophoto: I feel this review should have waited until iOS 13 (iPadOS) would have been released.

The problems with no direct import into say "Lightroom" from a card, without having to go through Photos-App (and thus actually at least at first, duplicating the data, not to mention the mess that Photos App is in my opinion when it comes to organisation).

The issue of not being able to directly access ext. drives (for import, backup, storage exapansion, etc.)
And that through the USB-C port...

and a few good many other aspects...

all of these are so far taken care of in iPadOS (iOS 13).
I've tested the beta, and whilst it has it's issues, the problems above are solved... with a few beta quirks, but again - it's going to be done in a less than a month (Sept. 17th).

and that's why I think the review right now is a bit odd... it's literally under three weeks time before iOS 13 is released as a final public version.
by then that review needs to be rewritten.
so why now?

electrophoto - and that's why I think the review right now is a bit odd... it's literally under three weeks time before iOS 13 is released as a final public version.
by then that review needs to be rewritten.
so why now?

Why does the news media start covering election results before all the votes are counted? Gotta be first...

Link | Posted on Aug 26, 2019 at 02:34 UTC
On article Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 VII Review (992 comments in total)
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tbcass: To interested parties, will you buy this camera or save money and buy a VI when the price drops?

I think I'll wait and see how many of these features are placed in a future RX10 model. While the new RX100 VII is appealing, with its improved focus tracking/eye focus, I think about the number of times I grab the RX10 IV in place of my RX100 VI. My RX10 VI will continue to serve my needs for a tiny package.

Link | Posted on Jul 25, 2019 at 21:39 UTC
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NextShowForSure: I fear some habitual Sony upgraders could be entirely destitute by now trying to keep up with all these models.

There's little to fear unless you are supposed to be on the receiving end of an inheritance that Sony is now getting.

Link | Posted on Jul 25, 2019 at 21:31 UTC
On article Hands-on with the new Peak Design Travel Tripod (309 comments in total)
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Duncan M: 600 dollars? Lets wait for the Chines knock-offs....

That said - The middle column already seems flimsy.
The better tripods never have a middle column because it makes tripods less stable.

@supersteelman, I hope you saved a lot of money for your Chinese keyboard. The "shift" & "apostrophe" keys don't work.

Link | Posted on May 21, 2019 at 16:21 UTC
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